September 10, 2011 Subject:
What color process for this film?
There are plenty of reviews on this film's IMDb page, so I'll only say here that this is unfortunately a fairly well chopped up print, with plenty of repair spices and missing footage. On the other hand, this is an unusual color print, where many other films this old that were originally shot in color have made it to IA only as B&W.
Produced (or at least released) by Grand National, the IMDb technical specs claim that it was released in "Hirlicolor." According to the Wikipedia article for Grand National, "Hirlicolor" (named for George Hirliman) is what they called the few films they released in Cinecolor. From what I've read, though, no two-color process (red-orange and blue-green) could reproduce the rich blues that predominate in this film—in fact, early three-strip Technicolor films used plenty of blue in the costuming and staging to show off the new capability. This film was released two years after Becky Sharp and La Cucaracha demonstrated the viability of three-strip Technicolor, and the same year that Trail of the Lonesome Pine demonstrated that it could be used to film on location (outdoors), but two years before SuperCinecolor (three color process based on Kodak and Ansco color film stocks) was introduced. So, what process was this filmed and printed in? Could it have been in three-strip Technicolor? Some of the opening credits are unfortunately missing…